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USA: Net-Zero Energy Retail As Walgreens Strikes A Progressive Goal Leading With Example

Walgreens is going to produce more energy than it uses at one of its Midwest stores, what it believes will be the first net-zero energy retail store. The store will use solar panels, wind turbines, and geothermal energy, according to the plans. Of course, it will also include energy efficient (like LEDs, green building materials, and “ultra-high-efficiency refrigeration”).
Image Credit: Business Wire

Image Credit: Business Wire

Walgreens is a typical appearance of retail in each corner and strip mall of the US. Now, this traditional marker of commerce becomes a new force of renewable energy use and promotion. As Walgreens aims for net-zero energy at one of its stores, hope of a swiftly shifting retail environment is stimulated in us.

If you shop at Southpoint Plaza, 635 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL, you will find the beginnings of the new store that will replace the previous Walgreens. You can also see a visualization above. The store is targeted for opening by Thanksgiving.

“Engineering estimates — which can vary due to factors such as weather, store operations and systems performance — indicate that the store will use 200,000 kilowatt hours per year of electricity while generating 256,000 kilowatt hours per year,” Walgreens writes.

The Evanston branch, close in proximity to Walgreens’s headquarters in Deerfield, Ill. is becoming a green business as the first application of broader corporate change. The city is notable for being a sustainability-minded group of consumers. Walgreen’s Evanston branch aims to reach LEED Platinum status.


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